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Want to make the right moves in Milan? Lisa Hughes finds out where to go.
lITTlE Black Book Milan As director of Fineline Interior Design, Denise Ryan specialises in the interior or design of bars, restaurants and hotels in Ireland and overseas. Here she shares the lowdown on her favourite city for business, Milan. Best for business lunch … My favourite restaurant for authentic Milanese dining is Da Giacomo restaurant (Via Pasquale Sottocorno, 6; giacomomilano.com). It is a little pricy but the experience is perfect every time. If I want a quick bite at any time of day, I love the Princi Bakeries – not just for their impeccable design but also their fantastic breads. Best for business drinks … The Italians don’t quite do bars like we do in Ireland, so business drinks are better in hotels. the Bulgari Hotel (Via Privata Fratelli Gabba, 7/b; bulgarihotels.com) would be my first choice, or alternatively the Gray Hotel (Via San Raffaele, 6; hotelthegray.com) Best business hotel … I like to stay at the starhotels e.c.ho. (Viale Andrea Doria, 4; starhotels.com) or, if it’s unavailable, then the Hotel Berna (Via Torriani Napo, 18; hotelberna.com), as both are
reasonably priced and within a short walk of the main train station in Milan. tipping … Some restaurants include a service charge in their prices but it’s not uncommon for the locals either to tip very little or not at all. As a visitor it is not expected but appreciated – depending on the service and the meal. saving time … The biggest drain on time is catching up on emails when I get back so I keep on top of emails when I’m waiting for a flight or when I have downtime. I used a BlackBerry but now find the iPhone infinitely better. Doing business in Milan for the first time … Research your travel dates carefully to ensure there are no large fairs on at the Fiera rho Milano as this could quadruple your hotel bill. travel tip … When travelling for business, I wrap my ironed clothes individually in
the plastic that dry cleaning comes in and then fold them. Clothes crease clothes, but this way, there is no need to iron the clothes when you get there. On your downtime … I love strolling around the Brera District, browsing through boutique shops and trendy cafés. 10 Corso Como (Corso Como, 10, +39 02 2900 2674; 10corsocomo. com) is a haven for anyone interested in design because of its courtyard cafés, bohemian wares and books on architecture, interiors, graphic and fashion design. I have yet to see an opera at la scala (Via Filodrammatici, 2; teatroallascala.org) but it’s on my list!
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tHe BalMOral This Rocco Forte Hotel is a Scottish favourite and has regularly been cited as one of the UK’s to top business hotels. A landmark because of its majestic clock tower, the Balmoral is next to Waverley Station and offers an ex exclusive reception venue, private dining and seven of the best corporate meeting ro rooms in the city. (1 Princes Street, +44 131 556 2414; thebalmoralhotel.com) tHe rutlanD For a boutique business offering with a touch of glamour, the Rutland Hotel is hard to beat. The twelve rooms come equipped wi with the latest technology, including hi high-speed Wi-Fi, and the hotel is located be between the main shopping area and busy fin financial district. (1-3 Rutland Street, +44 131 22 229 3402; therutlandhotel.com) aPeX internatiOnal HOtel Designed with the business traveller in mind, this four-star hotel’s rooms are all about creating a work environment away from the office. Free Wi-Fi, free local phone calls, large work stations and seven fully equipped meeting rooms for groups of two to 250 are just part of the Apex experience. (31-35 Grassmarket, +44 131 441 0440; apexhotels.co.uk) eDinBurGH CitY HOtel A more affordable option, the City Hotel has special business traveller rates and has a convenient city centre location. Rooms are spacious, Wi-Fi is free and value dining starts from £11.99. (79 Lauriston Place, +44 131 622 7979, edinburghcityhotel.com) sHeratOn GranD HOtel anD sPa hosts the Link@Sheraton, an innovative social space with computers, free Wi-Fi and sofas for guests. Club Room guests can access the stylish Sheraton Club Lounge for snacks throughout the day. (1 Festival Square, +44 131 229 9131; sheratonedinburgh.co.uk)
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